The Illustrated Hassle-free Make your Own Clothes Book

The Illustrated Hassle-free Make your Own Clothes Book

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Here is the straight-up dope on how to make your own clothing. With or without patterns, machines, or fancy materials?anyone can do it! Got some old clothes that you love and that fit well? Use them as patterns for new ones. Want something new and spectacular, something that fits right along where your head is moving? Cut up, remodel, add on, and let your old stuff evolve! Readers will embrace the step-by-step illustrations, clear and encouraging prose, and timeless collection of clothes?from skirts and pants to dresses, a waistcoat, and even a teeny-weeny bikini. The Illustrated Hassle-Free Make Your Own Clothes Book promises to be both an indispensable resource and a much-noticed collectible on every hipster?s bookshelf.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781602393097
1602393095
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Rosenberg, Sharon

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Feb 04, 2018

This a wonderful, "you can do it" guide to sewing and making your own clothing. It's a refreshing change of course from the modern books that shroud crafts and sewing in pristine, white background mystique that make it seem like you can't create something unless it's perfect and that you're not going to get to perfection unless you invest A LOT of time and money.

These guys jump in with remodeling your existing clothing, making some skirts and then pants. Pants? Wow- to hear most other guides tell it, those shouldn't even be attempted until you've perfected skirts and tops.

I love that they advise making patterns- if you're going to use a pattern- from brown paper bag material. I love that they minimize the number of cuts you need to make- there are a few designs that have you cut front and back out of the same piece of fabric. They do note the difficulties attendant to set-in sleeves, but they describe how to get it done in less than five steps. Practice will be required, but it can be done!

As they note in the introduction, this isn't where you're going to find steps to make the perfect button-down shirt or khakis. And why should you, when there are so many on the market (or in the thrift shops)? This guide will tell you how to make freer clothing (a lot of which can look great). It's a guide for men and women's clothes, but they shrug a little bit about the distinction- we're all wearing pants and tops, right?

I loved the section on embroidery, which I've never had any interest in before, and now that I've read in other reviews that there was a section in here on knitting and crocheting, I feel cheated that it isn't in this one. There is, however, a section on making some accessories and children's clothing, toys and pillows.

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